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tonight, several breaking headlines as we come on the air. president trump tonight doubling down and a threat to strip security clearance. our correspondent asking the president, are you trying to silence critics by taking away critics. what the president said and what just happened. what 60 former cia officers have now done. also breaking, the severe thunderstorm watch in parts of the northeast just as we come on the air tonight. damaging winds, lightning expected. the system flipping a plane leading to rescues. rob has the new track. new york city and boston watching closely. >> developing what the judge in the paul manafort trial revealed. the threats and why the u.s. marshals are are now involved. the note from the jury late today. what s as jurorsroom
re aerolvey wind wt n t the th jt hours bef reported confession. and then major developments in the stand your ground case. the moment in the parking lot and for the first time here, the audio and emergency calls. they rescued the deputy, rushing a child to the hospital left overnight in a car. will they prosecute the woman who pushed her friend from that bridge. the da revealing his decision tonight. >> this is abc world news tonight with david muir. >> good evening. great to have you with us on a very busy friday night. severe thunderstorms set to hit shortly and rob is standing by, but we begin with the other storm surrounding the president's threat to strip security clearance from others and the list will grow. he stripped former cia director
john brennan of his clearance. we asked the president, what do you say to those who are trying to silence your critics? and the new list from former cia officers who said this is an abuse of power. jonathan is leading off with what the president told him today. >> under fire by all the nation's former intelligence chiefs, democrat and republican, president trump today defended his decision to take away former cia director john brennan's security clearance. >> what do you say to those who say you are trying to silence your critics. >> if anything, i'm giving them a bigger voice. many people don't know who he is and that's okay with me because i like taking on voices like that. i never respected him. >> the president's move against brennan and his threa prompted
statement denouncing the decision that was signed by cia director who is served under every president since ronald reagan. we don't have to agree with what john brennan says and not all of us do. to agree with his right to say it, they wrote. we have never seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool as was done in this case. this follows a searing rebuke from bill mccraven who oversaw the raid to kill osama bin laden. the president has embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and one of the of all, divided us as a nation. none of this seems to bother the commander in chief. >> i had a tremendous response for having done that. >> he is backing down from another decision. his plan for a giant military parade in november. he fell in love with the idea after massive ba
steel day spectacle in paris last year. >> we will have to try to top it. >> after a government estimate said it would be $92 million, the american legion called on the president to use the money to support veterans instead. the white house decided to call it off, for now. >> postponed for now. live at the white house, john, back to what you reported at the top. he is prepared to revoke more security clearances. the opposition for presidents from both parties is growing. 60 former cia officers now speaking out. >> these are 60 former officials who served throughout the cia under republican and democratic administrations and they are adding their voices to those condemning the president's move to strip the security clearance from john brennan. they write in their letter, former government officials have the right to express their unclassified views on what they see as critical national
security issues without fear of being punished. david? >> to be continued on this front as well. thank you. now the developments late today in the paul manafort trial. jurors are deliberating manafort's fate. the note they gave the judge and what it indicated. they asked for that larger room for the evidence. as the judge now reveals he is receiving threats and the u.s. marshals are now involved. abc's chief justice correspondent was at the courthouse. >> just hours ago, the manafort jury sent a note up to the judge. questions late on friday afternoon. will they be able to leave at 5:00 p.m. a clear sign their work was not done. men and six women poring over 88 exhibits. taking their time with the complicated case. even as they deliberate, president trump weighing in, defending the former campaign chairman. >> it's a very sad day for our country. he worked for me for a very
short period of time, but you know what, he happens to be a very good person and i think it's very sad what they have done to paul manafort. >> music to the ears of manafort's attorney. >> what was your reaction to the president today? >> happy to hear from the president and this report for mr. manafort. >> prosecutors accused him of master minding schemes to hide millions from the i are rkirs at banks to lend him money. he told the juries use your common sense. does it make sense he had 31 overseas accounts and forgot he had to report them? on day one of deliberations, jurors asking judge ellis to explain what constitutes reasonable doubt. with the jury heading home, president trump refusing to rule out a pardon. >> i don't talk about that.
>> not ruling it out. from the courthouse in alexandria, virginia, the judge confirming he is receiving threats. >> the marshal is protecting him because of the threats. he won't go back to the hotel at night without security. he had no idea this case would excite such emotions. >> now to the severe thunderstorm watch for a good part of the northeast right now. they are warning of damaging winds and lightning. new york city through boston. all watching this tonight. the system bringing heavy rain, flooding interstate 43 from milwaukee. drivers in their car stranded in both directions. strong winds flipping over a small plane in tulsa. the northeast is next as millions are heading home from work. working double duty this friday night. >> we are seeing widespread coverage of strong thunderstorms in parts of the northeast and
even to the west. roh soutrnarts of new england. a lot of areas have seen twice the normal amounts of rain. saturated soil could see more flooding and it will be a while before it pushes through. not until tomorrow night for the i-95 corridor and lingers to the south for more lingering storms through sunday. david? >> back with us, rob, thank you. next tonight, authorities revealing new and disturbing details about the case with the pregnant mother and her two daughters who went missing in colorado. new reporting about where police found the three bodies. you will hear the interview with the father who hours before his reported confession was pleading for his wife to come home. abc is in colorado. >> these videoed posted to facebook showed chris watts as a devoted father.
investigators say his wife and children became his victims according to court documents and what it believed to be the girls'ses were submerged in oil tanks and his wife's body in a shallow grave. arrested for allegedly murdering his family. the stunning drama beginning monday around 2:00 a.m. when shan an watts returns from a business trip and they had a disagreement. >> we had an emotional conversation. i will leave it at that, but i just want them back. >> he claims he leaves them for work around 5:15 a.m. on monday and when shan an fails to show up for a doctor's appointment, a concerned friend calls police and by tuesday, chris is on tv pleading for help. >> i need to see everybody again. this house is not complete without anybody here. >> the former fbi agent said
trained observers would find him unconvincing. >> look at his body language. >> his arms are cross and he looks down a couple of times. he talks in generalities. >> just after 11:30 p.m., he is taken into custody and transported to jail. his story reportedly changing to a confession. family members said the couple was having marriage troubles, but whatever so completely shattered a seemingly idyllic family life remains a mystery. they believe the girls were killed inside this house, but other details of the crime are hidden in sealed documents. we hope to get more detail when charges are filed and the documents become public. david? >> thanks to you. new developments in the stand your ground case in florida. the white customer shooting and killing a black father over a parking lot, his son watching. the man with the gun was not
charged. they said it was stand your ground. the not guilty plea and the emergency calls from the parking lot for the first time. here's steve. >> i need help now! >> in the calls for help, you hear the voice of brittany jacobs, the girlfriend of the young man seen taking a bullet from a strangerer a eand runnink into this store with a fatal wound. >> where are you? >> in the store. i just need help. >> the 28-year-old died and 48-year-old michael is in jail tonight. police originally declined to charge him, saying he was covered by florida's stand your ground law. prosecutors say he began the trouble, arguing with jacobs on july 19th because she and her children were parked in a handicapped spot. when he comes out and seeing the yelling, you see him push him to the ground. he brings the gun in his pocket to the argument.
>> i watched it happen. he got shot point blank. >> this is at least the fourth time he fought with strangers over parking spaces. >> he said he would shoot me and called me [ bleep ] and stuff like that. it's a racial issue. >> he is charged with manslaughter, not murder and he is officially pleading not guilty. david? >> thank you. and now to the dramatic rescue in florida with children trapped in hot cars. newly released video of a 3-year-old girl found locked in a super heated car, slipping in and out of consciousness. she was saved, but as you are about to see, it had a profound impact on the deputy pulling her out. >> tonight newly released video showing a desperate race against time. a florida deputy clippinging to an unconscious 3-year-old girl trapped in a hot car overnight for nearly 12 hours. >> can you touqalk to me?
>> bill dunn, rushing the girl into his patrol car, blasting the ac. >> i didn't think she was alive when i got to her. i felt for a pulse and didn't feel a pulse. >> the deputy encouraging her. >> you're okay. >> then signs of life as he races to the er. >> she is in and out. >> the 3-year-old arriving in critical condition. that deputy feeling overwhelming relief, clapollapsing on his ca. >> the mother is facing charges of child neglect. the girl survive and days later, reuniting with the deputy. >> in another incident in atlanta, a 4-year-old boy was rescued from a daycare van horn repeatedly. we are just getting word of an
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we'll give you a closer look, next. nia wilson's death at bart was a random attack at the hands of a stranger wielding a knife, but were there warning signs that could have saved her life? the ghost ship case could go to trial. the big question, when and where. and stealing a police car and a college bus. tonight, how students were the ones to stop the suspect. >> now from abc 7, live breaking news. >> and that breaking news is along the san mateo county coast where good samaritans found this car teetering on the end of a cliff and helped the people inside escape. >> the highway patrol says the driver of this mini swerve and came to rest above the cliff after being cut off by another driver on highway 1. you can see where it happened near san gregorio state breech. tow truck crews try to figure out how to safely remove the car from the cliff. the people in that dangling car
were not hurt. thanks for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> and i'm ama daetz. dan is off tonight. now to tonight's top story, a complaint filed against bart on behalf of nia wilson's family. >> it's been nearly a month since the 18-year-old was killed in an unprovoked attack. it happened while she and her sisters were transferring trains at bart's mack car their station. >> a man with a knife fatally stabbed nia and wounded her sister lau sister latifah. melanie woodrow is live with today's newly released information. melanie? >> ama and eric, the attorneys for nia wilson's family say there are 22,000 fare evaders. they say john cowell was one of them, and had bart stopped him wilson would still be alive. the attorneys for nia wilson's family said bart failed to provide